First Look: Sharlto Copley in Neill Blomkamp's District 9

April 18, 2009
Source: SlashFilm

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Although we still have yet to see a trailer, Sony has released a first look photo from Neill Blomkamp's District 9 in the newest issue of Entertainment Weekly (via SlashFilm). We were only just shown the first glimpse of footage from Blomkamp's alien film at ShoWest a few weeks ago, so it's still a big secret. Seen in the photo below is the character Wikus (Sharlto Copley), a Multi-National United agent who becomes infected by alien biotechnology. He must go on the run from the oppressive government into District 9, a internment camp where "non-humans" have been forced to live since landing on Earth nearly 30 years ago.

District 9 First Look Photo

An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions in Johannesburg, South Africa suddenly find a kindred spirit in a government agent that is exposed to their mysterious biotechnology.

District 9 is both written and directed by first-timer Neill Blomkamp, a South African filmmaker who previously directed the awesome Halo: Arms Race shorts. The screenplay was co-written by Blomkamp and writing partner Terri Tatchell. This project is based on Blomkamp's short film Alive in Joburg, which can be seen online here. Sony will be bringing District 9 to theaters everywhere on August 14th this summer.

To find out more on the viral for District 9, head over to our comprehensive introduction article.

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Reader Feedback - 12 Comments


Cant wait for this!!!!!!

jay on Apr 18, 2009


looks very cool

Al on Apr 18, 2009


Cool name Sharlto, anyways I really want to see this

Scott McHenry on Apr 18, 2009


Finally something for the people who weren't able to see the ShoWest footage. Looks awesome; can't wait for the trailer and more viral updates!

Ian @ MovieViral on Apr 18, 2009



erik on Apr 18, 2009


Ugh I hate this!!! Show us something already! It comes out decently soon!!!

Hey Ya on Apr 18, 2009

7 has stuf on it.

james on Apr 19, 2009


Holy Crap! There is so much coming out this year, and this is at the top pf my list!

D-9 on Apr 20, 2009


In front of the camera now 😉 Wicked Sharlto! Dig the image... Looks awesome!

Thrasher on Apr 22, 2009


Damn couz Sharlto...never knew you could look so evil he he!! Tallk about giving us the evil eye...whew... Hope the movie is a huge success- you deserve of South Africa's most talented visionaries in the film industry!

Lauren on May 2, 2009


This movie looks and sounds like an absolute winner. Waiting for it to come to a theatre near me in The Netherlands. What a hugely talented crowd these South African movie producers are!

Adriana Stuijt on Aug 16, 2009


Few people are aware that Sharlto Copley, who plays the lead role in District 9, is also an extremely talented and accomplished film producer and director himself with several awards and accolades to his credit for his creative work! This guy is one of the talented and creative young artists in SA...with rave reviews already about district 9 he is undoubtedly destined for international stardom.

Lauren on Aug 16, 2009

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